It's week nine of the college football season. The KVAL Sports team gives their predictions for the Washington State vs. Oregon and Oregon State vs. Utah game.
Washington State vs. Oregon
Tom: The Cougars haven't beaten Oregon at Autzen since 2003, when WSU had every possible break go their way against the Ducks and led 38-2 at the half. That Oregon team was coming off the high of beating Michigan at Autzen, and clearly came into the game flat. Wazzu won that one, 55-16. This contest will bear no similarity to that one, at least from the standpoint of Washington State having any sort of lead. The Cougs give up more than 400 yards per game to opponents, and Oregon will certainly top that-with or without Darron Thomas and LaMichael James. WSU 20, OREGON 52
Nick: Just like a week ago, it seems like Darron Thomas and LaMichael James could play if this were Stanford, USC or the Civil War. Fact is, they may as well rest before running through the final four gauntlet in the Pac-12. Next week they close down Husky Stadium, then it’s at the Cardinal, then home with the Trojans and Beavers. Turns out, my Cougs may be improved but not improved enough to even sniff hanging around at Autzen. Ducks win their 21s tstraight at home by doubling up the Cougs. WSU 24, Oregon 48
Dirk: Look for something new. In the series, no team has ever won more than four straight. The Ducks have won four straight against the Cougars. Oregon will make it five in-a-row. The Ducks just have too much depth and talent for the Cougs who are still in rebuilding mode. Also, Oregon’s defense is getting better each week. There’s really only two questions: Will LaMichael James play? Will Darron Thomas play? I guess we will find out on Saturday. WSU 20, Oregon 52
Phil: The Cougars have lost four straight to the Ducks and it’s about to be five. Oregon is in cruise control, and like Chip says, the opponent doesn’t matter. Washington State is struggling right now and starting quarterback Jeff Tuel is out. The Cougars have lost three straight after starting the season with so much optimism. The Ducks speed will be too much, just like it was against Colorado. WSU 17, Oregon 54
Oregon State vs. Utah
Tom: The Beavers are starting to make me believe they are actually getting better. As I've said numerous times this season, they have been a threat to win each of their seven games. If not for untimely breakdowns on defense, and mind-boggling turnovers on offense, OSU could easily be 5-2. On the other hand, looking at Utah is a lot like looking at Oregon State. The Utes are 3-4, but have yet to win a Pac-12 conference game (although they did take USC right down to the final play in a loss at the Coliseum). After lighting up WSU a week earlier, OSU QB Sean Mannion is beginning look more comfortable, and should continue his progression this week at Rice-Eccles.OSU 31, Utah 19
Nick: I just can’t win. I said last week that Beaver fans can rejoice as I would never pick Oregon State to win this season, because every time I do, they lose. So I go against them, and got burnt just like the Wazzu defense did for 551-yards in the Emerald City. Sorry Beaver fans, looks like your team is going to lose because I think they will win. (Confused yet?) Utah remains winless in their new conference. OSU 27, Utah 10
Dirk: I have missed on the Beavers five out of seven games. So, the odds are that I’ll get this one wrong too. With that said, I’m going with the Beavs. Even though OSU lost to BYU and BYU lost to Utah 54-10, I think the both teams are much different now. Oregon State is on the rise and I think the Utes are on the decline, having too many injuries. Sean Mannion looked great against WSU last week. I think he keeps it up. OSU, 38 Utah 30
Phil: Oregon State is coming off its best performance of the season, putting up 44 points against Washington State. Other than the BYU game, the Beavers have gotten better each week, and I think the growth continues against Utah. The Utes have yet to win a Pac-12 game. Starting quarterback Jordan Wynn is out for the season and they rely on their defense to keep them in the game. Their rushing defense is 15th in the nation. This game will be won on the line, and I think Malcolm Agnew will find some holes. OSU 31, Utah 14
After eight weeks, Phil has caught Tom in the standings. Phil was the only one to correctly pick Oregon State last week, and he also earned the extra point. Nick and Dirk are tied, but Nick has a few extra points overall. Dirk would like to remind you that he is in first place in “Pick the Pros.”
1.Tom Ward: 10-4, (12.5), 1.Phil Milani: 10-4 (12.5), 3.Nick Krupke: 8-6 (11), 3. Dirk Weishaar: 8-4, (8).
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